There was a period of time (a very short period) a few months ago when Liverpool FC were doing really well in the Premiership and I saw hope rise in my son and husband. After months of staying faithful despite the results, there was a glimmer of hope. Hope that they may bring the Cup home or even make it into the Champions League! Their little faces looked so cute as they’d wait in anticipation for victory!! They had a chance, there was light at the end of the tunnel, they did not walk alone……..Pity it didn’t last long haha! Their hope and excitement made the game look so much more appealing to me! It’s interesting how hope can keep you going, even if you feel you’re loosing in life or you’re going through a tough season. Hope can ignite you, hope can give you life. Hope can literally jump start a seemingly dead situation.
Hope has been a jump starter in so many areas of my life. When married life has been tougher than expected, when I’ve wondered if we’d ever be able to get over a painful situation, when life has felt stale and I’ve wondered if there was anything more to it, when I wondered whether those early days of motherhood would get any easier!! We all hang on to hope at some point in our lives. We might hope for a better future, hope for a better job, hope that the following year will be a better one. But what is hope without an anchor? I mean what do we anchor our hope to? Otherwise hope is just this feeling of optimism. Surely it needs to be connected to something stronger than your desire? Surely it needs to be connected to something certain. Often our hope is connected to an uncertainty. Sometimes my boys say ‘I hope daddy gets home early today.’ When they say this they’re telling me what they’re hoping for but there’s a chance it may not happen. Trains may be delayed, dad may end up chatting with someone at the end of the day (regular occurrence) or dad may just have so much work to do that its just not possible for him to leave on time.
Most of the time, when we express hope, we are expressing uncertainty. But hope that is anchored to certainty is different. There’s confidence connected to it.
There’s a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future.
For me my anchor of hope is God. I’ve learnt over the years that He is trustworthy, He is reliable, His love is unfailing and He is my Strength. He causes me to expect good for the future. I’m not only expectant, I’m confident! Whether its good or bad in my understanding, I’m confident in who my God is and He only does good. So during uncertain times I have to actively remind myself of this because the truth as its easy to get down, discouraged and feel like God has left you, to even be confused by God and His ways.
I love the way the psalmists also struggled to maintain their hope in God. This is so normal. They struggled but they also fought to keep their hope anchored. Our fight for hope needs to remain real and active. Keep fighting!!!
Recently with cancer being so real in our family we’ve needed to hang on to hope. When doctors have spoken uncertain words, we’ve had to fight back with hope. When I’ve laid in bed and uncertainty has swept over me and caused me to wake up in a panic, this confident hope has relieved the panic and calmed my fears. There’s been times when I’ve felt so hopeless I’ve not wanted to get out of bed. Whilst scrolling through social media I’ve come across post after post about hope in God and ended up reminding myself that hopelessness is a feeling and I cannot rely on my feelings. I rely on my certain hope to jump start me and keep me going. Hope gives me confidence in the future.